3 injured in Hwy. 109 wreck, charges pending

From Post staff reports

Charges are pending in an early Wednesday morning wreck involving a tractor-trailer and two vehicles on Highway 109 at Academy Road and which sent three people to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

The accident occurred about 7 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28. The roadway through this area was closed until about 11 a.m.

Trooper Michael Baker of the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated and said in his report that a Volvo tractor-trailer, hauling empty cargo, driven by John Elmore, 29, of Morgantown, Ky., was traveling north on Hwy. 109 when a 1993 Buick, driven by Maximillio Macheca, 19, of Lebanon, was leaving a stop sign on Academy Road, attempting to make a right turn onto Hwy. 109.

Baker said Macheca allegedly failed to yield right-of-way by stopping at the stop sign and was struck in the drivers side by the tractor-trailer. The impact of the crash push the Buick into a 2003 Buick, driven by Diane Cothran, 66, of Lebanon, who was headed south on Hwy. 109.

Elmore, the driver of the tractor-trailer, was not injured in the accident. Macheca was injured and was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A passenger in Machecas vehicle, Grant Jones, 20, of Lebanon, was also injured. He was transported to University Medical Center by Wilson County Emergency Management Agency.

Cothran was injured in the accident, as well, and was transported by WEMA to UMC.

All drivers and the passenger were wearing their seat belts, Baker noted.

Charges are pending against Macheca, said a spokesperson at the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security.